The “Studying and Disability Network Switzerland” has created a website to support students with a disability as well as higher education institutions in removing structural, technical and institutional barriers.
Until just a few years ago, accessibility for students with a disability to many Swiss higher education institutions was still in its early stages. In many places, there was a lack of information to enable those affected and higher education institutions to find suitable measures and actually implement them. That is why several Swiss institutions have set up the “Studying and Disability Network Switzerland”. The aim of the network is to work out and exchange coordinated information and knowledge of practical relevance and to make it available to smaller institutions, which have fewer resources. For this, among other things, the www.swissuniability.ch website was brought into being.
The www.swissuniability.ch website offers information about studying without obstacles for people affected or interested higher education institutions. Among other things, it gives actual points of contact at all Swiss higher education institutions and advice on financing studies and on compensation for disadvantages. Institutions can also find out on the website how access to subjects and events can be guaranteed for people with a disability.
The website is a project of the “Studying and Disability Network Switzerland”. The network was set up by the following four universities: Zurich University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland HES-SO, Zurich University of Teacher Education and the University of St. Gallen. It receives start-up funding from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI. It is kept going thanks to the commitment of many members of Swiss universities, who, with their knowledge and different experiences, make a valuable contribution to the continual development of the website.
Students, lecturers and staff with special needs can apply for funding to cover the additional costs incurred during the period spent abroad and due to a disability.